Just so you know Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15th and also ends November 30th.
Therefore you won't see many posts in here outside of those months.
There are advantages to cruising during hurricane season - especially in the fall - cruise prices tend to be much lower.
Hurricane activity really picks up in August and peaks in September (historically) - but anything can happen at any time. August 20 to October 20 is the most active, with September 10th being the most active date historically for hurricanes.
If a hurricane should occur during your cruise you can count on the sip's itinerary to change in order to avoid the storm. No - there are no refunds for bad weather or missed ports of call. The cruise lines are not responsible for the weather.
If this bothers you (changing the itinerary) then you should buy travel insurance that covers hurricanes - however, be sure to read your policy carefully since "acts of God" are generally not covered by insurance.
I am the editor, but I also speculate, ask questions and play devil's advocate. I reserve the right to change my mind.
I love to cruise in October,and only once did we have have an issue,and that was early Novemebr.....we refueled so we could stay at sea, if needed, as a storm was on it's way to Florida...we beat, it and were home before it hit the coast...
I have no worries,and would sail again in the fall.
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I keep thinking to be on the safe side, we need to wait until 12/6/2012 for the Bahamas cruise currently being planned for this fall. But naturally we don't want to wait that long, so my mom suggested risking it on October 25 or November 1. There is only one port, so not having an extra sea day is important to us. We also don't want to be on the ship longer than necessary because it is an old Carnival ship - the 19-year old Sensation. Is there a difference weather-wise which weekend we sail?
We picked October 25 just to get there sooner. Who wants to wait longer than she has to? Not us, obviously! I would have liked to book the October 4 sailing because 10/6 is Mom's birthday, but for some reason that week is more expensive (like Columbus Day, which only government and bank employees take off for, is a major occasion). With my BIL's birthday being November 3 he did not want me to be out of the country that week.
As you can see in my signature, I have to wait more than 7 months to experience what cruising is all about for the first time and visit the Bahamas.
It's not over yet, but this hurricane season sure has been a non-event.
Let's keep it that way.
Carnival Liberty New Year's Eve 2007
Liberty of the Seas 5/2008+11/2009
Allure 1/16/ 2011